Maybe a trip to Arkansas in the fall,
Neil's is one of my favorite breakfast places in Springdale.
Did you hear that Denis? Big party in the fall when all the leaves change.
Around let's say, October 13-15. Just jokin' Paul.
On Sep 4, 2006, at 12:29 AM, singlecabboy wrote:
Great job Kat , I'm ready to go again right now.If we start now, we can make Neil's by breakfast. --- Katrina Martin <k.d.martin@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Day 1: We left H town about 2PM on 45N. Hit a little traffic going over the bridge near Research Forest(Woodlands). Gas was $2.55 right over the bridge, Ronnie you better get some. Then we got on Hwy 19 in Huntsville. Everything was going peachy until the accelerator cable broke in Trinity,near Lovelady. So we pulled over to the side of the road, on a HOT HOT asphalt road. It was about 4PM. Dan had a new accelerator cable, so he whips it out and goes to the engine cover and proceeds to fix the bus. Dan was just sweating his butt off really bad trying to fix Homer. Then finally I told him, lets just call Triple AAA, we both are just getting too hot. Heck let AAA tow us to a parking lot in the shade that would be better than standing in the HOT scolding sun. I called AAA, the lady said a tow truck will be there in 45-50 minutes. Good we are gonna get a tow truck. Then Denis calls, I said,"What"? I handed the phone immediately to Dan. Denis had no idea we were coming to Arkansas or that we were broke down. Dan got off of the phone and told me Denis still has no idea we are coming to Eureka. Then all of a sudden, Dan went back to the engine cover and put the rod into the fan shroud then pulled the accelerator cable through. Guess what happened then??? Dan did it!!! As soon as the tow truck pulled up!!! We then decided after that fiasco we were going to stop in Canton, almost half way to Denis'. Got there at 9:45PM, drove up to a motel, checked in then ordered a pizza from Pizza Inn. Well Pizza Inn stopped delivering at 8:45PM, it was 8:50PM. Left the motel and picked up the pizza, then proceeded back to the motel. Sleep, then, Steve called at 11:30,then 1:30,then 2:30,, so we got a little sleep I guess.
Day 2: Got up at 4:15AM. Headed out about 4:45PM on 19... Stopped in Paris for breakfast at the Main Street Cafe, good food, cops seem to like it. So there was about 6 cops that sit down to eat as soon as we got our food. We eat then go. Then we proceed on 19, passing by many small towns. Got on Hwy 271 then Hwy 540 then Hwy 412.It started raining right before we got to Denis' at 1:00PM. Denis,Steve,Paul Smith, Joe Smith,Mike, & June were all at Denis' old gas station. Mike & June had just gotten there a few minutes before we did. Steve was doing some work on the Zone. So everyone was standing around watching Steve work on Paul's single cab. Then Dan & I went to Denis' house. There were 2 other people at Denis', Lloyd & Lisa, they were friends of Steve's. Paul & Joe went to Eureka Springs to check into the Joy Motel. Jan got home about 4PM and started getting everything ready for the party. Denis went to the store to get something to make for dinner. He got a pork loin,bread, & carrots. About 8PM or 9PM Andrew & Debbie showed up. They had HUGE bottle of K hard cider for Denis. We all sat around, ate pork loin, and talked about all of the losers that didn't come to Denis' party. Not really but we could have. Just making sure ya'll are still paying attention to this trip report. We sat around all night talking politics, then we all got naked and got in the hot tub! Then Dan & I went to bed about midnight, we were tired from getting up at 4:15AM.
Day 3: Got up at 7AM. Jan made coffee. Dan & I went to Chad's for breakfast, so did Mike, June,Andrew, & Debbie. After we all ate they headed up to Eureka Springs for the show. Dan & I went back to Denis' house so we could get ready for the show. First Dan had to fix the accelerator cable, he went up to Denis' old gas station to put Homer up on the lift. So I took a shower while Denis & him went up to the gas station. Dan got back and Denis went to Eureka Springs. We got to the show about 11:45AM. Couldn't find a parking space, parked in front of bar/house around the corner of the show. We talked to Mike & June. Listen to this, when Mike got to the show they would not let him enter, said he was too late to enter the Thing. Mike told them that he pre-registered, and they were gonna let him enter the show. They let him enter the show. Talked with Joe Smith, the one with the sharp black bug. I got to see Brian's pride & joy, chatted with his Dad and got to meet his wife. Talked to Sammy,Beverly,Sharon, & Steve. Sammy has a nice panel bus, but he still needs some pies or cakes.(Real ones,not fake ones) Steve & Sharon invited us to their motel room to eat & cool down. Went to their room and did just that, chilled & filled. Thank you Steve & Sharon! All of a sudden we saw Denis in the room, he was wondering who was riding with him on the parade. Mike and June also invited Dan & I to ride with them. Decisions decisions. Then I decided to ride with Denis. Dan then decided to ride with Denis in Ruby (Denis's ghia). I road in the back of the ghia, sitting on the engine cover. I did the princess wave the whole time, everyone loved it. One chic even told me how to improve it,"Wave slower", she said. Other people just giggled and waved back. I always have such a great time during the parade. Steve was behind us, so that was neat, we had a ghia he had a ghia. After the parade some of us went to Chuck & Sue's room and had a beer ,and I admired their patio. They have the best motel room. Thanks for letting Dan & I hang out and stink up things. Steve followed Dan & me back to Denis' house. Jan & Sue made pork tacos for dinner. After we all ate I got in the Hot tub. Brian & his wife showed up for a few minutes. Then Dan & I went to bed at 1AM.
Day 4: We took our time getting up and packed slowly, then headed out to Neil's Restaurant for some breakfast. Denis,Chuck,Sue,Paul, Joe, Andrew,and Debbie had breakfast with us. Got on the road about 10:15AM, Paul followed us. Joe was happy to hear that, he could go 70MPH all the way home. At 11:45 right before Slalom Springs there was one hell of a rain storm. Stopped at a convenience store on the side of the road in Westview,OK. Paul had mentioned stopping at a cool place to take a picture of the Zone & Homer. So we stopped at a old railroad station in Stilwell,OK. Can you believe gas was only $2.53 at the Walmart in Stilwell?( Hwy 59) Then at 1:20PM headed toward Poteau on Hwy 271. Dan noticed the Zone spitting out some smoke in the rear view mirror, sure enough something was wrong with the Zone. In Snow,OK Paul pulled over and we just happened to be at a B-B-Que & convenience store parking lot, it was closed though. The Zone's valve cover gasket had to be replaced. Paul got under the Zone and replaced it in about 20 minutes. We had two guys stop and ask if they could help. All of a sudden the people that own the B-B-Q store pulled up. They asked if we needed any help, then asked if we wanted a beer. That=== message truncated ===
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